The Pakistan Muslim League-N has reiterated its stance that new provincial units should not be carved out on linguistic basis, and there should be only one objective of providing good governance to the masses, and constitution of national commission should be done for this.
It was decided at the provincial parliamentary meeting of the party on the eve of the Punjab Assembly session, which was held on Thursday. The parliamentary meeting was chaired by Senior Advisor to Chief Minister, Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, while ministers, MPAs and other senior leaders were also present on the occasion.
The MPAs have been asked to turn up at the Assembly at 9am sharp, an hour prior to the start of the session.
Source confided that CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif could not head the meeting since he had to leave to meet Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Sources further mentioned that the PML-N has asserted that new provincial units should be created on administrative grounds, not on political and linguistic basis, while other political forces should be allowed to secure political points. “The political forces should not be allowed to indulge in point scoring,” the party leaders observed.
Khosa has said despite transfer of departments to the provincial government, the federal government did not provide funds for these departments, and Shahbaz Sharif, during his meeting with Gilani, will discuss the matter of provision of funds.
Law Minister Rana Sana said the PPP had hatched a conspiracy to mislead the people by raising the issue of setting up of new provinces without any planning so that it could hide its corruption and misdeeds in its garb. He added that the leadership of PML-N was desirous of constituting national commission with regard to establishment of new provinces so that wherever was the need of setting up new provinces in the country on administrative basis, new provinces could be established there. He also said the setting up of provinces should be made on administrative basis in accordance with the constitution, but not on the linguistic basis. He observed that only one province should not be selected for setting up new provinces but new provinces should be established throughout the country. “By setting up new provinces, we have to face various legal complications, for which setting up a national commission is utmost necessary for this purpose,” he added.